Season 2, Episode 2:
Everybody Loves A Clown
Sam: [to Dean] About me and Dad. I'm sorry that the last time I was with him I tried to pick a fight. I'm sorry that I spent most of my life angry at him. I mean, for all I know he died thinking that I hate him. So, you're right. What I'm doing right now, it's too little. It's too late. [pause] I miss him, man. And I feel guilty as hell. And I'm not all right. Not at all. But neither are you. That much I know.Written by John Shiban.Directed by Philip Sgriccia.Airdate: October 5, 2006.Sam and Dean meet a friend of their father who owns the Harvelle Roadhouse in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She tells them about a case in Medford, Wisconsin, involving a circus clown spotted before vicious murders.
The brothers are still reeling from their father's death. While pursuing their father's research on the Yellow-Eyed Demon, Sam and Dean discover the Roadhouse, a bar frequented by hunters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ellen Harvelle owns the Roadhouse. Her daughter Jo works there. Ash is a regular patron and a genius who offers to help track the Yellow-Eyed Demon. Ellen has collected information on a rakshasa, a supernatural creature that takes the form of a clown in a circus in Medford, Wisconsin. Sam and Dean take the case, forcing them to work at a carnival.
Body count:For this episode = 4 humans and 1 rakshasa.For the series so far = At least 149 humans; 11 ghosts; 3 vampires; 1 demon; 1 god; 1 rakshasa; 1 rawhead; 1 shapeshifter; 1 shtriga; 1 wendigo.
Tropes appearing in this episode:
- Amusement Park of Doom: Cooper Carnival.
- Bare Your Midriff: Jo Harvelle.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: Jo lost her father when she was young, which comes up when she is talking with Dean.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Ash may be a genius, but he has lots of quirks:
- Continuity Nod:
- A deer's head is seen on the wall of the Harvelle's Roadhouse. This deer's head was also seen in "Nightmare" (S01, Ep14), "The Benders" (S01, Ep15), and "Salvation" (S1, Ep21).
- Sam's fear of clowns parallels Dean's fear of flying in "Phantom Traveler" (S01, E04).Sam: Well, at least I'm not afraid of flying.Dean: Planes crash!Sam: And apparently clowns kill!
- Curse Cut Short:Ash: Clowns? What the f—
- Cute Bruiser: Jo Harvelle.Dean: [to Jo] You're not gonna hit me again, are you?
- '80s Hair: Ash's mullet.Dean: I, uh, I dig the haircut.Ash: All business up front, party in the back.
- Genius Bruiser: Ash was kicked out of MIT for fighting.
- Good-Guy Bar: The Harvelle's Roadhouse.
- Hall of Mirrors: In the funhouse.
- Horror Hunger: The rakshasa eats flesh.
- Hurting Hero: Dean.Dean: Dude, I'm okay. I'm okay, okay? I swear, the next person who asks me if I'm okay, I'm going to start throwing punches.
- Ignore the Disability:
- Dean talking to the blind knife thrower:Dean: Excuse me, we're looking for a Mr. Cooper, have you seen him around?Knife thrower: [pulling off his glasses to show cataract eyes] What is that, some kind of joke?
- He then compounds the problem with a little person:Dwarf: Hey buddy, what's your problem?Dean: Nothing, it's just a little misunderstanding.Dwarf: Little?! You son of a bitch!
- Dean talking to the blind knife thrower:
- Invisible to Adults: The rakshasa.
- Knife Nut: The rakshasa.
- Knife-Throwing Act: Luckily for Dean, the rakshasa seems more interested in pinning Dean to the wall by his clothes, than causing fatal cuts.
- Kryptonite Factor: The rakshasa can be killed with a brass knife.
- Little People Are Surreal
- Lonely Funeral: Only his sons are at John Winchester's funeral.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: This trait seems to be common in the hunter community.Jo: You know, I thought you were gonna toss me some cheap pickup line. [Dean chuckles, embarrassed] Most hunters come through that door think they can get in my pants with some...pizza, a six-pack, and side one of Zeppelin IV.
- Ludicrous Precision:Ash: But it's gonna take time, uh, give me...fifty-one hours.
- Mangst:Dean: [to Sam] You know what? You're right. Come here. I'm gonna lay my head gently on your shoulder. Maybe we can cry, hug, and maybe even slow dance.
- Monster Clown: The rakshasa appears as a clown to get children to let it into their homes. Then it kills the parents.
- Must Be Invited: This is why the rakshasa appears to the children as a clown.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: The parents think the clown is a product of childish imagination.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Dean starts to hit on Jo, but does not follow through as he is still grieving for his father.
- At the end, when he starts hitting the Impala.
- Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: When Jo presses a rifle against Dean's back:Dean: Oh, God, please let that be a rifle.Jo: No, I'm just real happy to see you.
- Percussive Therapy: Dean taking a crowbar to a car's window and then smashing up the Impala's trunk.
- Portent of Doom:
- Prophet Eyes: The blind knife thrower.
- Dean's reaction to Ash's appearance.Dean: You've gotta be kidding me, this guy's no genius. He's a Lynyrd Skynyrd roadie.
- Jo seems to have been on the receiving end of Mike Damone's 5-point plan in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
- Sam has a childhood fear of the mascot of McDonald's.Dean: I mean, come on, you still bust out crying whenever you see Ronald McDonald on the television.
- Ash makes a reference to Pink Flamingos:Ash: I'm on it like Divine on dog dookie.
- Dean's reaction to Ash's appearance.
- Single Tear: Dean as he watches his father's body burn.
- Southern-Fried Genius: Ash.
- Taking Up the Mantle: Sam now seems determined to do what their father would have wanted, despite often being at odds with John while he was alive.
- Tick Tock Tune: "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers plays over The Road So Far.
- Titled After the Song: By Gary Lewis & The Playboys.
- Viking Funeral: The Winchester brothers burn their father's body on a funeral pyre.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Dean references this when Sam announces that the Monster of the Week is a clown:Dean: I know what you're thinking, Sam. Why did it have to be clowns?
- Sam is visibly nervous when he sees a little person in a clown outfit, has to sit in a clown chair, and passes two hobo clowns.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The rakshasa kills the parents, but leaves the child unharmed.